Robert B. 'Ben' Kelker Jr.

Robert Benedict “Ben” Kelker Jr., 83, of Greenwood, IN, and formerly of Huntington, IN, died Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, at Franciscan Health in Indianapolis.

Lady Vikes trounce Southwood

Huntington North's Chloe Kauffman bombs one from three-point land during the Lady Vikings' big win over visiting Southwood on Saturday, Nov. 16.
Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington North High School girls’ varsity basketball team trounced visiting Southwood, winning 52-14 on Saturday, Nov. 16.

A game after holding North Side to just two points, the Lady Vikings’ defense shined once again. Huntington North, 3-0, forced 25 turnovers, which it flipped into 18 points. Of those turnovers, 13 came via steal.

Jessica E. Keele

Jessica Erin Keele, 40, of Grand Isle, LA, and having ties to Huntington, IN, died Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, at 6:28 a.m. at Majestic Care of West Allen, in Fort Wayne.

Ms. Keele’s formative years were spent in South Whitley, where she attended Whitko High School. She later earned her GED from Huntington North High School. Afflicted with multiple sclerosis in her early twenty’s, she moved to Phoenix, AZ. She later moved to Grand Isle, LA, where she worked at one of the island’s gift shops.

Lucretia 'Jean' Wright

Lucretia "Jean" Wright, 78, of Wabash, IN, and having family in Huntington, IN, died Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, at 1:39 p.m. at Wellbrooke of Wabash.

Mrs. Wright was a 1959 graduate of Greenfield High School. She was the office manager for Wabash Dental Group. She was an active member of the Wabash Christian Church, one of the early women elders of the church, and past president of Christian Women's Fellowship. She was also past state president of the Alliance of Indiana Dental Association.

ASL Club at Huntington North trying to keep ‘voices’ warm ths winter

ASL (American Sign Language) Club members at Huntington North High School show the mittens and other clothing collected so far in their “Mittens for Many” campaign on Thursday, Nov. 14. The club hopes to receive 200 pairs of new mittens and gloves, along with hats, scarves and other items by the time their drive ends on Friday, Nov. 22. Pictured are (front row from left) Joshua Hupp and Craig Ingram; (second row from left) teacher Jacque Cansler, Lizzie Preston, Sonya Jackson, Alyssa White and Libby Quakenbush; (third row from left) Corynn Keller, Rebecca Paolillo, Karissa Marley, Angel Smithley, Crystal Grunden and Brenda Turner; and (fourth row from left) Jamison Heyde, Peyton Barnard-Crum, Brody Coblentz and Anna Manry; and (back row) Liberty Shultz.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

A club at Huntington North High School is in the last week of a donation drive aimed at keeping people in Huntington County warm this winter.
The ASL (American Sign Language) Club is seeking new mittens, gloves, hats, scarves and other warm items for its “Mittens for Many” drive, going on now until Friday, Nov. 22. The campaign is not just looking for donations from fellow HNHS students but from the community as well.

So far, they’ve collected around 50 pairs of mittens and gloves, aiming for a goal of 200 before the campaign ends.

Purse Blingo


Photo by Scott Trauner.

The Quayle Vice Presidential Learning Center held its annual Designer Purse Blingo on Tuesday, Nov. 12, in the Huntington Catholic School auditorium at SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, in Huntington. Among those hoping to hear the right numbers called are (from left) Heather Bowen, Bridgett Burkhart, Sherry Miller and Diana Wagner.

Warren native retires from navy after 26 years

Senior Chief Petty Officer Jeremy Ralston (second from left) at his retirement ceremony in August at Tinker Air Force Base. Joining Ralston are (from left) his mother, Linda; his wife, Marie; and his father, Marvin.
Photo provided.

Warren native Senior Chief Petty Officer Jeremy Ralson retired in August after serving in the United States Navy for 26 years.

Ralston last served as an aviation electronic technician serving with Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron 4, a versatile command operating E6-B Mercury aircraft under USSTRATCOM operational congtrol providing a survivable and endurable communications link to the national’s strategic forces. His job was at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma.

Huntington County Right to Life gearing for 40th Care and Share

Huntington County Right to Life is preparing for its 40th annual Christmas Care and Share program to benefit needy families throughout Huntington County.

Donations needed for parents are: new rolls of scotch tape, new packages of gift tags, new packages of bows, new rolls of wrapping paper and cash donations to be applied toward the purchase of grocery gift certificates.

State Sen. Zay to host series of town hall meetings to discuss issues

State Sen. Andy Zay (R-Huntington) will host four town hall meetings Saturday, Nov. 23, to discuss issues that will be addressed in the upcoming legislative session.

Sessions are scheduled:
• 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. – Honeywell Center, Honeywell Room, 275 W. Market St., Wabash.

• 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. – Marion Public Library and Museum Forrest Room, 600 S. Washington St., Marion.

• 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. – Nick’s Kitchen, 506 N. Jefferson St., Huntington.

• 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. – Whitley County Chamber of Commerce, 128 W. Van Buren St., Columbia City.

Entertainment and education


Photo by Steve Clark.

Entertainer Scott Humston performs his show, “The ProKids Show,” during an assembly at Salamonie School, in Warren, on Thursday, Nov. 14. The show featured music, magic tricks and stories, all geared toward teaching students about the importance of good character. Humston performed a second, different show that evening for students and their families. Hillcrest Nazarene Church, in Warren, sponsored both shows.

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